Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

samizdat

play
noun sa·miz·dat \ˈsä-mēz-ˌdät\

Definition of samizdat

  1. :  a system in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and countries within its orbit by which government-suppressed literature was clandestinely printed and distributed; also :  such literature



Origin and Etymology of samizdat

Russian, from sam- self- + izdatel'stvo publishing house


First Known Use: 1967


Learn More about samizdat


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up samizdat? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

different from the usual or normal

Get Word of the Day daily email!